on July 8th, 2014
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The amazing Stephanie Evanovich returns with The Sweet Spot, the sizzling story of everyone’s favorite couple from her New York Times bestseller Big Girl Panties: hunky professional baseball player Chase Walker and his sassy wife Amanda
When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.
But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan.
Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punch-line. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?
This was a very challenging read for me. The beautiful cover and blurb had so much potential but I fell kind of flat. Let me give you a little set up.
Restaurant owner, Amanda, first meets Chase one night when he was meeting his agent for dinner. The moment they met it was instant interest. It was cute how they got together. Every woman wants that sort of attention from a hot, rich guy. They eventually got together after Amanda was basically leading him on. And after this point, it kind of goes down hill for me. There was some good potential for this story and I was so looking forward to the Dom/sub element. Aaaaannnnd this is where it started to go wonky for me.
The start had some decent detail and then it just kind of stopped. I feel like the author just wanted to get the story done and over with. There wasn’t any real scene set-ups and the time frames were kind of scattered and brushed over. And the other thing, I thought with the kinky elements it would be some hot sex scenes but we end up seeing pretty much nothing. And what they do show is very short and not detailed at all. It left so much lacking and I ended up slightly confused.
And the last thing, the characters were decent but I felt there could have been more depth to their backgrounds and personalities and what makes them tick. Again, I’m going to use the word flat. This whole book in general could have been much more than what it was.
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.